Aims and Approach

NSRP approach derives from our aims and objectives. We are supporting better management of conflict and reduction of the impact of violence on Nigerians. Therefore, the NSRP approach is:

To be strategic: Our interventions will have a demonstration effect. We are documenting and publicising successes through our research, advocacy and media components. NSRP will continue to demonstrate how conflicts can be managed non-violently and how to move from violence to stability and reconciliation. We will continue to communicate this to all conflict actors, including politicians. The aim is to ensure lessons learned from our selected interventions are ‘bigger than the sum of their parts’ – and have national reach and influence.

To play a facilitating role: Our role as a national and international agency is to facilitate constructive dialogue for change. We are facilitating dialogue between those involved in violence (as perpetrators or as holders of authority, including young men, militias, state and non-state security forces, government and traditional leaders) and those who live with its consequences, including those – such as women and girls – who are rarely consulted but who are most severely affected. We are bringing together Nigerians from different sections of the society to enable them, through dialogue, find ways to address wider structural drivers of violence.

To build and improve on existing interventions and support champions of change: This means identifying interventions for which there is already a constituency for change, and working with those stakeholders to amplify their impact. Initially, we will identify and support existing initiatives so as to improve their effectiveness (for example, by engaging a wider range of actors or adopting new approaches) and expand their geographical scope.

To operate and be perceived as a politically neutral programme, exemplifying what it means to be ‘conflict sensitive’: Any decision made by a donor supported programme can be interpreted as partisan and in itself exacerbate conflict. We will consult widely with national and local actors (ordinary people as well as their leaders and representatives) on all significant aspects of its programming (on which local government areas to work in, which national and local partners to work with, who to support and how). We will monitor transparently, make results public and invite advice and critique from the populations we seek to serve – ordinary Nigerians, including those most negatively affected by violence.